Jade disappointment for Jettainer

Chinese Customs regulations have prevented container management company Jettainer adding Jade Cargo International to its client list, leaving it to look in other markets for its first Asian customer. “The problem is that China has very specific rules about ULD importing,” says Jettainer’s director of business development, Peter Ahnert.“The World Customs Organisationrecommendation is that they […]


Chinese Customs regulations have prevented container management company Jettainer adding Jade Cargo International to its client list, leaving it to look in other markets for its first Asian customer. “The problem is that China has very specific rules about ULD importing,” says Jettainer’s director of business development, Peter Ahnert.“The World Customs Organisationrecommendation is that they shouldbe treated as airline parts and exemptfrom Customs duties. However, theChinese take a different approach.”

Ahnert says Jettainer is looking for ways to resolve the problem, recognising that China is a very important potential market for its service, but he admits, “It is not a top priority, and we have lots of opportunities elsewhere.” Meantime, Jettainer has had to limit its role to advising Jade on its ULDpurchases.

Jettainer was set up in 2004 in a joint venture between Lufthansa Cargo and TrenStar ULD Management. While its aim is ultimately to offer a global ULD pool, as an initial stage it is concentrating on purchasing the ULD stock of its customers and optimising its management on a carrier by carrier basis. It has unsurprisingly proved popular with Lufthansa and its related carriers, being adopted by US Airways (which at time was outsourcing its sales management to Lufthansa Cargo) in November 2005, and Swiss WorldCargo last July. Ahnert says US Airways remains a customer still, despite its merger with America West which led to the sales relationship with Lufthansa being terminated. Other customers include Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazahkstan, and UK leisure carrier XL, which chose Jettainer last December. Both signed five yearcontracts.